Events Archive

2017-18 Events Archive

The Society for American Archaeology presents

SAA 83rd Annual Meeting

SAA logo

April 11-15, 2018 in Washington, DC

Presentations include:

Gary Crawford and Leping Jiang: The Shangshan Culture and Agricultural Origins

Heather Miller and Gregory L. Braun: Unexpected Expertise: Archaeological Science and the Creative Skills of Indus Craftspeople

David Smith and Daniel Kwan: An Overview of Technological Changes in the Pottery of the Early Holocene Shangshan Culture, Zhejiang Province, China

Visit the SAA Meeting website for more information.


The American Association of Physical Anthropologists presents

AAPA 87th Annual Meeting

AAPA 2018 Annual Meeting text over drawing of bridge with animals April 11-14, 2018 in Austin, Texas

Presentations include:

Esteban Parra: Associations of Fitzpatrick Skin Type with Skin M Index in Diverse Populations

Lauren Schroeder: The role of selection in shaping the cranio-mandibular morphology of Paranthropus; Patterns of Fluctuating Asymmetry in the Human Axial Skeleton; A quantitative genetic approach to assessing hominoid mandibular evolution

David Samson: Hadza hunter-gatherer domiciles provide sleep sites with less overall variation in thermal stress

Visit the AAPA Meeting website for more information.


Cup of coffee sitting on lace tableclothThe UTM Anthropology Society presents

High Tea Exam Destressor

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm in IB200

Don’t miss out on the UTMAS High Tea Exam Destressor event next week! Enjoy hot drinks and snacks while facing off against friends and UTMAS executive members in fun board games. We hope to see you there!



Facilitated Study Groups

The UTM Anthropology Society and the RGASC present

Facilitated Study Groups for ANT101

The group will meet from 5-6pm in DV2094A on the following dates in the Winter 2018 term:

  • Wednesday, February 14
  • Thursday, March 1
  • Wednesday, March 14
  • Wednesday, March 28

Learn more


March Open House at UTM

Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 11am-4pm

students walking outside on sunny dayProspective students, parents, and teachers: be sure to visit us at UTM's March Open House! UTM Anthropology representatives can provide you with information about Anthropology HBA and HBSc programs, courses, student activities, and possible career paths.

  • Visit the Anthropology SOCIAL SCIENCE table at Deerfield Hall
  • Visit the Anthropology SCIENCE table at the Instructional Centre
  • Visit the Anthropology Drop-in LAB at Davis Building (11am-3:30pm)

To regsiter, please visit the UTM March Open House website.


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

2018 Field School Information Session

field schools

Friday, March 9, 2018 from 2:30-3:30pm in DV3130

Undergraduate students: are you interested in learning more about UTM field schools? UTMAS has organized this information session (as part of the Anthropology Conference) so you can learn more about:

If you'd like to attend the Anthropology Conference please submit the UTMAS Conference Registration Form, or you can just drop by for the Field School session at 2:30!


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

Anthropology Conference at UTM: The World and the People in It

UTM Anthropology Conference

Friday, March 9, 2018 from 10am-4pm in DV3130 Council Chamber

Registration is free. In order to better accommodate your schedule, we are offering the following attendance options:

  • Entire day; light breakfast and lunch included
  • Morning only; light breakfast included
  • Afternoon only; lunch included

See the Anthropology Conference web page for more information on benefits of attending the conference! 

This year's conference will feature an information presentation on UTM Field Schools, so if you are interested in hearing more about these courses please make sure to attend the afternoon portion of the conference!

Keynote Speaker:

We are pleased to welcome Cat Criger, Traditional Indigenous Aboriginal Elder, Centre for Student Engagement, UTM as the keynote speaker.


Download the 2018 Anthropology Conference program (PDF file). 


The UTM Department of Anthropology presents

Guest Lecture: Exploring the dimensions of complexity: Hunter-gatherer elaboration at Poverty Point, a Late Archaic site in the Mississippi River Valley

Special Guest Speakers: Tristram R. Kidder & Kelly Ervin
Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 from 3-5pm in DV2094D

map imageThe Late Archaic (ca. 4100-3000 cal BP) hunter-gatherers that occupied Poverty Point and related sites in the lower Mississippi Valley accomplished exceptional economic, political, architectural, social, and ceremonial achievements. For example, Poverty Point peoples built elaborate monumental architecture, participated in long-distance trade in lithic raw material, and demonstrated exceptional ritual and religious behavior. At the same time, though, there are no data to suggest permanent leadership, there is limited evidence of social ranking, and neither full-time labor specialization nor storage or surplus accumulation has been documented. How, then, do we account for this remarkable complexity? New research at Poverty Point and related sites provides an opportunity to explore the paradox of leadership in societies that reject rulers, status in societies that reject ranking, and surplus in societies that eschew accumulation. 

All are welcome to attend!


Sunnybrook Brain Sciences Rounds

“Wild Nights: Sleep and Human Evolution”

Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 4:30 - 5:30pm
Krembil Foundation Lecture Room, SG22

David SamsonSPEAKER: David R Samson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto Mississauga

DISCUSSANT: Dr Brian Murray, sleep neurologist

Learning Objectives:

What does how you sleep have to do with human evolution? Our immune strength, working memory, attention, decision-making, and visual-motor performance all depend on sleep. How then could elders’ insomnia and teenagers’ penchant for staying up late have evolved?


The Archaeology Centre presents

Guest Lecture: The Roots of the Anthropocene: A Case Study from Ancient China

Tristram R. Kidder, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

mushroom cloud over cross section of earth showing tree roots

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 4-6 PM
The Anthropology Building, 19 Russell StreetRoom AP 130

The Anthropocene concept recognizes the dawning of a new geologic epoch–the age of humans—caused by global human transformation of the Earth and its atmosphere. For geologists, the Anthropocene begins with the detonation of nuclear weapons. This characterization, though, tells us nothing of how humans developed the social, economic, technological, and moral capacities that allow us to change nature at a global scale. Archaeological and environmental data from ancient China demonstrate that the Anthropocene developed slowly over thousands of years. In this context, the Anthropocene describes a process where we have changed social, political and even religious practices and behaviors and thus entered a new environmental dynamic with the Earth’s natural systems. This novel relationship is not an abstraction but rather a matter of compelling global concern. To understand the Anthropocene we must grapple with its histories and causes.


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

Valentine’s Day Card and Origami Flower Sale

origami flowers

In-person sales: Feb. 12 - 14 (IB main floor)

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? If not, do not fear, UTMAS will be selling anthro-themed valentines and origami flowers! 

View card designs and submit your pre-orders on the UTMAS website.



Takase Guest Lecture

The UTM Department of Anthropology presents

Guest Lecture: Yayoi & Epi-Jomon Interaction in NE Japan

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 3pm
IB 377

Please join us for a special guest lecture by Prof. Katsunori Takase of Hokkaido University, Japan.




The Centre for Urban Environments presents

CUE Symposium: The Past, Present and Future of Our Urban Environment

Centre for Urban Environments SymposiumDate: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Location: Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT), 1140 & 1080

Hosted by the newly created Centre for Urban Environments, this symposium will highlight the past, present and future interactions between our city, its residents, and our surrounding environment.

Speakers include UTM Anthropology professor David Smith.

Please visit the CUE symposium web page for detailed itinerary and RSVP information.


The American Anthropological Association presents

2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association

AAA logoWednesday, November 29 - Sunday, December 3
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC

The 2017 Annual Meeting will focus on why Anthropology Matters! 

UTM Anthropology faculty presenting at the 2017 conference:

Jack Sidnell:

  • Agency, recruitment and sovereign power: Ejecting protestors at Trump campaign rallies
  • Language in the Era of Donald Trump
  • Time of Monsters
  • Zuma, Trump, Brexit: What Theory from the South Can Tell Us 
  • Kenya's new missionaries. Yoga and wellbeing as development
  • Of Bodily and Anthropological Matters: Self-Improvement in the Age of Wellness

James Stinson (Sessional Lecturer):

  • Seeing Like a Geek: Parks Canada, Google Trekker, and the Ambivalence of Nature 2.0

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the AAA Annual Meeting website.


The Department of Anthropology at Trent University presents

Public Lecture: Wild Nights: Sleep and Human Evolution

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:10-7:00pm
Room 121, Trent University Durham, Oshawa

Guest Speaker: David Samson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto Mississauga

person sleeping on a blanket on the groundWhat does how you sleep have to do with human evolution? Our immune strength, working memory, attention, decision-making, and visual-motor performance all depend on sleep. How then could elders’ insomnia and teenagers’ penchant for staying up late have evolved? 

Find out at this free public lecture by sleep anthropologist David Samson, whose work has been featured on the BBC, Time, the New York Times, New Scientist, and the CBC. Dr. Samson describes his research using pioneering, non-invasive technology to study sleep across human cultures and primate species to answer evolutionary questions. 

All Welcome!


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

ROM Friday Night Live: "Chic"

Friday, November 24, 7:00  - 11:59 pm
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto

ROM Friday Night Live

Please note that this is a 19+ event. Photo ID and Student ID are required for entrance.

UTMAS will be selling discounted tickets for the Royal Ontario Museum's Friday Night Live event on November 24th! The theme is "Chic", in celebration of the Christian Dior exhibit. Tickets are $13 for entrance into the event and galleries, and food and drink vouchers will be sold on site. 

Contact us or visit UTMAS during office hours if you are interested in getting tickets!

Read more about the ROM's Friday Night Live event.


The Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto presents

The Ethics of Food

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Monday, November 20, 2017 from 2-4pm
Location: Centre for Ethics, Room 200, Larkin Building, Toronto

How are ethical perspectives brought to bear on food production, consumption, and disposal?


  • Stephen Scharper, UTM Anthropology
  • Matthew Feinberg, Rotman School of Management
  • Tammara Soma, Food Systems Lab

Visit the Centre for Ethics event page to register or for more information.


The Ontario Archaeological Society presents

OAS logo2017 Annual OAS Symposium

November 17-19, 2017
Best Western Brantford Hotel and Conference Centre, Brantford, Ontario

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the OAS Annual Meeting web page.


The Georgian Triangle Lifelong Learning Institute (GTLLI) presents

Inside Archaeology: Tracing our Complex Past

Professor Gary Crawford

October and November 2017 Lecture Series in Collingwood, Ontario

Professor Gary Crawford will deliver a series of fascinating lectures on an array of topics including the origins of art and agriculture. The Inside Archaeology series is taking place in beautiful Collingwood, Ontario as follows:

  • October 13:  The Birth of Humanity
  • October 20: Who Discovered the Americas?
  • October 27:  Origins of Art
  • November 3:  The Jomon of Japan: The Most Successful Culture in History?
  • November 10:  Dawn of Farming in Ancient China
  • November 17: Origin of Maize Farming in Ontario

More information is available on the GTLLI website.


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

Anthropology Graduate School Information Session at UTM

grad school info sessionWednesday, November 15, 2017
from 10:00 -11:30 am

Location: DV2045 Teaching Lab
(enter through DV2047V)

Are you thinking about pursuing graduate studies in Anthropology? Don't miss out on this informative session featuring Anthropology graduate faculty members!

Graduate faculty members speaking at this session:

Online grad school resources:

If you have any questions about the Grad School Information Session, please email


The Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology presents

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CAPA / ACAP 45th Annual Meeting

October 25–28, 2017
Hosted by University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

UTM Faculty presenting at the meeting:

Sherry Fukuzawa: The Virtual Mystery Project: Teaching Physical Anthropology with online hybridized problem-based learning

Tracey Galloway: Symposia: 

  • Knowledge Translation in Anthropological Health Research: Odysseys from Evidence to Effect
  • Biosocial Perspectives on Growth, Development and Parental Investment

David Samson: Contributed Papers: Humans on the Landscape

Lauren Schroeder: PASC Symposium: Exploring the Limits of the Discipline: Defining PaleoAnthropological Research

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the CAPA Annual Meeting web page.


The UTM Anthropology Society (UTMAS), the Department of Visual Studies Student Society (DVSS), and the Historical Studies Society (HSS) present

Student Trip to Art Gallery of Ontario

AGO trip

Friday, October 27, 2017 from 1pm (bus departs UTM) to 5:30pm (bus departs AGO)

Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro's "At Home With Monsters" exhibit ("revealing his influences, from the Medieval era to contemporary culture, and his particular obsession with horror, fantasy and the rich heritage of the Victorian era")

AIMIA Photography Prize exhibit ("to recognize the best in Canadian and international contemporary photography")

Mark Lewis: Canada exhibit ("a filmic meditation on the idea that is Canada, staging encounters between the camera and the built and natural environments")

Ticket Sales:
Tickets are $13 each and may be purchased from the societies involved during office their office hours. View UTMAS office hours.

Free Transportation:
A free bus service will take students to and from the gallery. The bus leaves IB from UTM at 1pm and leaves the AGO at 5:30pm.

For more information, please send an email to


The UTM Anthropology Society in partnership with the UTM Students' Union present

Halloween Events on Campus (student volunteers needed!)

UTMAS Volunteers Needed for October Events

UTMAS is partnering with UTMSU to bring you the Haunted Carnival on Monday, October 23 at 11am, and the Haunted House on Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm. Both events will take place at the Student Centre!

Student volunteers are needed for these fun events as follows!

October 23rd:
Tabling for the Haunted Carnival (10am-3pm)

October 24th:
Setting up for the Haunted House (all day)

October 25th:
Setting up and Actors for the Haunted House (6pm-10pm)

UTMAS presents a wide variety of fun and inclusive events throughout the year. Participating in activities beyond the classroom can help you gain experience, skills, and new contacts!

If you want to help out please send an email to with your availability!


Visit Anthropology at UTM's Fall Campus Day Event

Instructional Centre

Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 11am-4pm
Instructional Centre (IB) main floor

Prospective students, parents, and teachers: be sure to drop by the Anthropology table at the Instructional Centre building during the UTM Fall Campus Day event on Sunday, October 22nd from 11am-4pm!

  • Program representatives at IB will have lots of information available about Anthropology HBA and HBSc programs and possible career paths.
  • Visit our drop-in Anthropology lab (DV2045) in the William G. Davis Building to see where Anthropology classes are held.
  • Attend a Social Sciences Information Session at 11:30am or 1:30pm in IB110 to learn more about programs including Anthropology.

Registration is required for Fall Campus Day.

Visit the UTM Fall Campus Day webpage for more details and registration information.


The Department of Anthropology at Trent University presents

Public Lecture: Recent Developments in Understanding Early Agriculture in the Lower Yangtze Valley, China

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 7-9pm
Room 115, Gzowski College, Trent University

Peterborough, Ontario

Guest Speaker: Gary Crawford, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Yangzte Valley, ChinaEarly agriculture in the Lower Yangtze Valley, China is relatively unique because of its focus on aquatic habitats. This is challenging how we think about agricultural origins because most models are concerned with dry field/rain fed agriculture. Dr.Crawford's team has been collaborating with local, Chinese archaeologists to figure out what was happening here. He will focus on what they have been learning about the Shangshan Culture (11,000-8400 yrs ago) that, at least superficially, appears out of nowhere with the most sophisticated pottery technology in the world at the time and in an upland region that was not part of anyone’s thinking about early agriculture until recently.

Professor Gary Crawford is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in environmental archaeology and archaeological botany.


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

UTM Anthropology Society Executive Elections

UTMAS electionsAnthropology undergrads: log in to U-elecT to vote from Monday, Sept.25 to 5pm on Thursday, Sept.28!

UTMAS is holding elections for several executive positions in the society.

Voting information:

All full-time and part-time undergraduate students enrolled in Anthropology (specialist, major and/or minor) programs or the Forensic Anthropology specialist program are automatically members of UTMAS and are eligible to vote in the society's elections.

Results will be announced on the UTMAS website.


The Department Anthropology, University of Toronto Anthropology Colloquium Series presents

From the Dog Days to the Rez: A Piikani Archaeologist Searches for the Roots of his Culture

Eldon Yellowhorn, BA, BSc (University of Calgary); MA (Simon Fraser University); PhD (McGill University)
Dept. of Archaeology and the Dept of First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University

Friday, Sept 22, 2-4 pm, AP 246, 19 Russell St., Toronto

Professor Eldon YellowhornAbstract: Studying Piikani culture, which is one branch of Niitsitapi (Blackfoot people), has been my main focus since my early days in graduate school. I was always motivated by wanting to learn more about the continuum of Piikani history beginning in the Dog Days, then the Horse Days, the end of the Buffalo Days and the onset of the reserve days. Advancing the goals of my historical archaeology research means triangulating the data from archival, oral history and material culture sources to gain insights about the early reserve days after 1880. Through the course of my career I have also examined Blackfoot oral narratives to better understand their archaeological manifestations. Having done so I can now apply absolute dates to some Blackfoot myths and I can organize them in chronological order. The goal of my research is to construct a new Blackfoot history since ancient times.

RSVP online


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

Meet & Greet with Anthropology Faculty - Speed Dating Style!

UTMAS Faculty Meet & Greet

Confirmed date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 3-5 pm in Spigel Hall, Davis Building (down the hall from the Bookstore)

Would you like to get to know more about your Anthropology professors? Get ready for the first UTMAS event of the year, including:

  • 30 minutes of "speed dating " (each conversation lasts 2-5 minutes) – students can learn more about faculty research, travels, and general interests
  • an hour of general mingling and casual conversation
  • light refreshments will be provided at the event

No registration required; this is a drop-in event!


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

UTM Anthropology Society Executive Elections: Interested in applying as a candidate?

UTMAS electionsUTMAS is holding elections for several executive positions in the society. The deadline to apply is this Saturday, September 16th at 5pm!

All positions are CCR approved, provide you with good experience and stronger connections with those in the field of anthropology!

Candidate eligibility:

Candidates must either be in an anthropology subject POST or have the intentions to be (only applies for first-year students), no experience required.

How to Apply as a Candidate:

Send the following information to UTMAS by 5pm this Saturday, Sept. 16th:

  • your name, year of study, and subject POST
  • the position(s) you are interested in running for
  • a brief statement (100 words) indicating why you are interested/eligible for the positions(s)

Positions Available:

  1. Events Coordinator- responsible for the logistical bookings and arrangements for events (not responsible for planning all events)
  2. Communications Officer- responsible for all paths of communication with the general UTM student body through email and social media
  3. Treasurer/ Secretary- responsible for recording all meetings, budgeting (with president and vice-president), payments and year end audits
  4. Year Reps (1 first year, 1 second year and 2 third/ fourth year)- responsible as the liaison between the society and the students they represent, updating both the students and the society on events and any foreseen issues 

NOTE: All executive members are expected to attend the majority of weekly/biweekly meetings (time and date to be decided based on availability) and hold regular office hours. Each member is responsible for planning and executing one event through the year.


2016-17 Events Archive

50th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association

May 10-13, 2017 in Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario

Canadian Archaeological Association textThe Canadian Archaeological Association Annual Meeting in 2017 will be hosted by the Canadian Museum of History in the National Capital Region during Canada’s 150th year. The meeting will feature academic sessions and social events.

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the CAA Annual Meeting web page. 


Theoretical Archeological Group North America presents

TAG 2017 Toronto

May 18-20, 2017 at the University of Toronto

TAG 2017 Toronto text and silhouette of Toronto skyline

In recognition of the contributions of Toronto scholar Marshall McLuhan, the theme of the 2017 meeting is: “The Medium is the Message: Media and Mediation in Archaeology.”

From TAG North America website: "We encourage experimentation and innovation at our meetings - not only in archaeological theory, but also in the format and style of presentation. TAG promotes inter-disciplinarity and it also regularly includes artistic exhibits, performances and other interventions as part of its program."

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the TAG 2017 Toronto web page. 


International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) and Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) present

CASCA/IUAES2017 Conference in Ottawa

May 2-7, 2017 in the National Capital Region (Ottawa, Ontario)

Canadian Anthropology Society logo

The theme of the 2017 joint CASCA/IUAES conference is Mo(u)vement. The conference will be held at the University of Ottawa in the National Capital Region during the year of Canada's 150 birthday.

UTM Anthropology faculty presenting at the 2017 conference:

Professor Jack SidnellGetting rid of the I: Techniques of the self at a yoga school in Southern India

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the CASCA/IUAES2017 Conference web page. 


Stanford Archaeology CenterConfucius InstituteDepartment of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies present

Stanford International Symposium:

Transitions from Foraging to Farming in Ancient China and Beyond: An Archaeobotanical Perspective

April 21-23, 2017 at Stanford University, California

close up of tall grasses with grey sky in backgroundFrom the Stanford Archaeology Centre websiteChina is one of the major centers for the origin of agriculture. However, our understandings of the transition from foraging to farming in the region still remain uncertain and controversial. The major aim of this conference is to better understand methodological and theoretical issues in agricultural origins in light of new fieldwork, new sites, and new analytical techniques. It is also important to investigate this transition in China from a global perspective. Recent developments in archaeobotany provide exciting techniques in identifying the remains of ancient crops and their wild progenitors, which have significantly advanced our understanding about the process of plant domestication. By bringing together a diverse international group of archaeologists to consider this topic of common interest, the conference will provide an important platform for international scholarly exchange.

UTM Anthropology faculty presenting at the symposium:

Professor Gary CrawfordEarly Neolithic Palaeoethnobotany in Shandong Province, China: Lessons from the Yuezhuang Site

For more information including program details, please visit the Stanford Archaeology Centre website or download the conference program (PDF file).


The American Association of Physical Anthropologists presents

86th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists

April 19-22, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana

AAPA 2017 text and drawings of skulls with bead necklace border

The American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meeting will feature great science, discussion and professional development opportunities.

UTM Anthropology faculty presenting at the 2017 Annual Meeting include:

  • Professor Esteban Parra (Genetics of pigmentation in East Asia: The role of OCA2 polymorphisms. L. RAWOFI, M. EDWARDS, S. KRITHIKA, N. MURRAY, H.L. NORTON, E.J. PARRA.)
  • Dr. Madeleine Mant, Limited Term Lecturer (Hip fractures and survivorship in old age: investigating trauma in the archaeological record. M.L. MANT, R. IVES, C. DE LA COVA, M. BRICKLEY.)

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the AAPA Annual Meeting web page


St. Michael's College Science Association, the Interconnectivity Studies Working Group and the University of St. Michael’s College presents

Second Annual Symposium: Faith, Science, Climate Change and Pope Francis's Encyclical Laudato Si’

April 6, 2017 from 4-6 pm at Alumni Hall, St . Michael’s College, Toronto

This event is a two-hour symposium on climate change and the Pope’s encyclical Laudato si’. The focus of the symposium is a discussion and a dialogue among scientists and theologians of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ with its focus on global warming and climate change. In the encyclical Pope Francis calls for such a dialogue. In Paragraph 13 and 14 of Laudato si’ he wrote: “Here I want to recognize, encourage and thank all those striving in countless ways to guarantee the protection of the home which we share. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest. Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded. I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.” Later in Paragraph 62 he wrote: “Science and religion, with their distinctive approaches to understanding reality, can enter into an intense dialogue fruitful for both.” The purpose of this symposium is to enter into the dialogue between science and religion that Pope Francis has called for.


  • Mary Hess, Professor of Educational Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota
  • David Nostbakken, McLuhan Fellow at the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
  • Stephen Bede Scharper, professor in the Department of Anthropology (UTM) and the School of the Environment
  • Kimberly Strong, Professor in the Department of Physics and is the Director of the School of the Environment
  • Ron Swail, Chief Operations Officer, Property Services and Sustainability at the University of Toronto
  • Prof. Robert K. Logan, Fellow of St. Michael’s College where teaches the McLuhan Seminar and the What is Information? Seminar

After the panel presentations and discussions among the panelists the student Interconnectivity Studies researchers from the Book and Media Studies program, Dalya Al-Bassam, Kate Gromova, Kalina Nedercheva and Olivia Penney will be introduced and they will read the abstracts of their research.

There will then follow a Q & A session with audience.

Download event flyer.


The Society for American Archaeology presents

82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology  

March 29-April 2, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia

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The Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting provides a forum for the dissemination of knowledge and discussion. 

UTM Anthropology faculty, instructor and student presenters at the 2017 Annual Meeting include:

  • Associate Professor Heather Miller: Invisible Value: Steatite in the Faience Complexes of the Indus Valley Tradition
  • Associate Professor David Smith: Social and Cultural Influences on Weaning Practices
  • Assistant Professor Liye Xie: People in Construction: Insights from Ethnographic, Historic, and Archaeological Accounts in China
  • Gregory Braun, Sessional Lecturer: Ceramic Technologies and Technologies of Remembrance: An Iroquoian Case Study
  • Paul R. Duffy, Sessional Lecturer, Györgyi Parditka, Justine Tynan and Ádám Balázs: Gone to Pot: Stylistic Breaks in a Radiocarbon-Based Ceramic Chronology for the Eastern Hungarian Bronze Age
  • Jamie Tsui, Student and Assistant Professor Liye Xie - Quantitative Use-Wear Analysis with ImageJ

For more information including program and registration details, please visit the SAA Annual Meeting web page. 


The UTM Anthropology Society presents 

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High Tea Exam Destressor

Monday, April 3 from 2-5pm in IB350

Celebrate the end of the academic year by joining the Anthropology Society for:

  • tea and snacks
  • board games
  • socializing with fellow students, UTMAS executives and Anthropology faculty!



Innis College and the Writing and Rhetoric Program invite you to:

Writing in a Time of Ecological Unravelling: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 7-9 pm at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

Writing in a time of ecological unravelling textIn his book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016), novelist Amitav Ghosh examines why literary writers have been slow to respond to the global ecological issues we face. Why is there such a failure of imagination? Are we deranged?

It is clear that ecological crisis, being boundless, calls on writers of all stripes to play a crucial responding role. Writers draw attention to issues, speak truth to power, and offer public leadership through crafting language, stories, and ways of thinking.

In this panel, writers from across disciplines share their thoughts and experience concerning the writer’s role in a time of ecological unravelling, and reflect on what tools and inspiration writing can offer us.

Panelists include:

  • Catherine Bush, novelist; MFA Program, University of Guelph 
  • Bonnie McElhinny, Department of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto 
  • Stephen Bede Scharper, School of the Environment and UTM Department of Anthropology, and Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto; columnist, Toronto Star.

Moderated by: Sharon English, Writing and Rhetoric Program, Innis College, University of Toronto.


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

UTM Anthropology Society 2017-18 Elections

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Full-time and part-time undergraduate students enrolled in Anthropology (specialist, major and/or minor) programs or the Forensic Anthropology specialist program are automatically members of the UTM Anthropology Society and eligible to vote in the society's elections between March 20-24, 2017.

Log in to U-elecT to vote!

Results will be announced on the UTMAS website.


The UTM Anthropology Society presents 

2nd Annual Anthropology Conference for Students

Friday, March 24 from 9:30am to 4:00pm in Council Chamber DV3130.

Students and faculty: if you wish to attend the conference you can register online for the morning, the afternoon, or stay for the day! 

  • Morning Session is 9:30am-12pm (includes light breakfast)
  • Afternoon Session is 12-4pm (includes lunch)
  • Entire Day is 9:30am - 4pm

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We are pleased to announce Mr. Jubal Jamieson as our keynote speaker. Jubal is a First Nations Archaeology Monitor who has worked on several sites throughout Ontario. We are very excited to hear what he has to share!

Benefits of Attending:

  • broaden your understanding of the various fields of study
  • engage with UTM peers and faculty
  • grow your network
  • ALL in an informal and supportive environment on the UTM campus!

Although this conference is designed with undergraduate students in mind, graduate students are also welcome

Visit the Anthropology Conference page for more information!


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

2017 Field School Information Session

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 4-6pm in IB280

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Brand, Archaeological Fieldwork Field School Instructor at UTM

PLUS: Hear from students about their experiences with field schools!

Undergraduate students: are you interested in learning more about UTM field schools or other field school opportunities? UTMAS has organized this this information session so you can learn more about:

No registration required; simply drop by!


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

Valentine's Day Sale!  

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Looking for some Valentine's Day items that stand out from the rest? Drop by the UTM Anthropology Society table to check out our creative, unique Anthropology-themed Valentine's Day cards and origami roses for sale! 

Please note updated locations!

  • Friday, February 10 from 10am-3pm at UTMSU
  • Monday, February 13 from 10am-3pm at Meeting Place in Davis Building
  • Tuesday, February 14 from 10am-3pm in HSC378


University of Toronto Science and Engineering Engagement and the Sustainability Office present a Science at the Movies event:

Before the Flood: Feature Documentary followed by Q&A

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 5:30pm (doors open at 5:15pm) at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto (2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto)

Panel discussion after Before the Flood screening; photo by Chloe Sonnois

Q&A with Experts: (photo courtesy of Chloe Sonnois):

  • Dan Kraus (right), Conservation Scientist, Senior Director, The Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Julia Langer (left), CEO, The Atmospheric Fund
  • Moderated by Professor Stephen Scharper (centre), University of Toronto

About the Film:

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From Academy Award®-winning film maker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided following the Q&A. This is a free event. Please don't print your tickets. You can present your email on your smartphone or simply give your last name at the door.


The UTM Anthropology Society presents

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Indiana Jones Movie Night!

Friday, February 3 from 5pm to 12:30am in IB350

Calling all archaeology and adventure enthusiasts! Take a break from your studies and enjoy a free Friday night movie!  

UTMAS will be screening Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg's classic 1981 adventure film featuring a daring archaeology professor!

Snacks and drinks available!


Join fellow alumni for a University of Toronto Alumni "In Your Neighbourhood Event" 

Professor Stephen Scharper: Finding Hope in a Time of Climate Change

Monday, January 16, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm at The Eglinton Grand, 400 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto

Professor Stephen Scharper
Dr. Stephen Scharper

The facts about the pace and scope of climate change are disconcerting, if not downright depressing. Rather than leading to concerted action, they can sometimes lead to personal and political paralysis - and despair. How do we find hope in a time of climate crisis? What are the wellsprings of energized action and resilience in this era of grave ecological challenge? Prof. Scharper suggests that we face both a spiritual and ecological crossroads, and in this talk, he will explore the spiritual and political practice that is attempting to provide both hope and change in this climate-challenged moment. 

This event is free.

Refreshments and presentation with Q & A to follow.


UTM Anthropology Society presents

Graduate School Information Session

Monday, November 28th, 2016 from 2:00-3:00pm in IB150 at UTM

UTMAS Grad School WorkshopUndergraduate students: do you have questions about graduate school or your grad school applications? If so, this workshop is for you!  Topics include:

  • What you can do with your Anthropology degree
  • Graduate school - answering your questions
  • Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Anthropology at UTM

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Madeleine Mant, Limited Term Lecturer, Anthropology, UTM
Agata Gapinska, Laboratory Technician, Chemistry & Forensic Science, UTM
Patrcik Bozek, PhD student in Forensics, UTM

Refreshments will be provided!


Public lecture at the Riverwood Conservancy

Professor Stephen Scharper: Falling in Love with the Earth

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 from 7:00-8:30pm at the Riverwood Conservancy (4190 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga)

fall leavesPope Francis has come out with the first environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si”, which has helped shape contemporary thinking on climate change and species loss. This talk explores the relevance of Pope Francis for the loss of bees and other pollinators, and shows how we are now invited to a call to “fall in love” with the earth.


Public lecture presented by the UTM Experiential Education Office and Mississauga Central Library

Professor Stephen Scharper: Falling in Love with the Earth: Pope Francis, Bees, and the Quest for an Integral Ecology

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Mississauga Central Library (301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga)

Pope Francis has helped shape contemporary thinking on climate change and species loss.  This lecture will examine the loss of bees and other pollinators.  This lecture will examine the loss of bees and other pollinators.

This lecture is part of the Lecture Me! series, presented by the UTM Experiential Education Office and Mississauga Central Library. The Lecture Me! series will highlight research from different departments by some of our top faculty members in a way that is approachable and fun for the whole family. 

The event and parking are free!

There is no registration and the event is general admission.


Public lecture sponsored by the Royal Canadian Institute

Professor Gary Crawford: The Dawn of Rice Farming in China

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Dr. Gary Crawford

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 from 7pm – 9:30pm at the Mississauga Central Library (301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga)

How did the lives of people and rice become intertwined and combined with other organisms such as peach, water chestnut, pig, and dog to develop one of the most important agricultural traditions in the world? We’ll travel to a region just south of Shanghai to explore archaeological discoveries of villages and towns whose people made extraordinary technological and ecological innovations beginning about 11,000 years ago and learn what these innovations were and why they may have developed where and when they did. Can we learn anything from these societies relevant to our lives today?


UTM Anthropology Society presents

Meet & Greet with Anthropology Faculty

Wednesday Oct. 5th from 2:30pm -4:00pm in Spigel Hall at UTM

cartoon of two human skeletons sitting together at dining tableGet ready for the first UTMAS event of the year: Meet and Greet with the Faculty, SPEED DATING STYLE!

So you survived the first month of school but did you have the chance to approach your instructor? Would you like to learn more about your professors' and/or TAs' research and experience? Want to know something interesting from the them?

Why not come to out event and ask them? This event is an opportunity for UTM students to meet the Anthropology Faculty in an informal environment and connect with them.

Light refreshments will be provided.

All UTMAS events are positive spaces and inclusive of everyone.


Please join the Department of Anthropology for a guest lecture by visiting scholar
Dr. Mary Barker, Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Southampton

Improving women's diets and lifestyles for the health of the next generation

Thursday September 29, 2016 from 4-5 pm in IB 340 at UTM

Dr. Mary Barker
Dr. Mary Barker

Mary's research examines the food choices of young women and the complex of psychological, social and environmental factors that affect the food choices they make for their children.  She leads the Southampton Initiative for Health, a training intervention working with Sure Start Children's Centre staff to improve the diets and physical activity levels of disadvantaged women and their families in Southampton.

Mary also has a general interest in the design and evaluation of behaviour change interventions, and in the application of behavioural science principles to clinical and public health practice.  Mary is the daughter of celebrated scholar Dr. David Barker whose work on early life exposures founded epigenetic and lifecourse studies.  Mary's research continues David's goal of improving children's early environments by identifying ways to support women to imporve their diets and lifestyles.

Refreshments will be provided.